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Muskingum University to host conference on neuroscience and the classroom

Published: August 5, 2013 2:45 PM

NEW CONCORD — The Muskingum University Education Department will host a day-long conference, “Differentiation and the Brain: How Neuroscience supports the learner-friendly classroom,” with Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, on Friday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, 7033 Glenn Highway, Cambridge.  There is no cost for attending the conference, but a $15 fee for lunch payable in advance is required. This conference is open to any community members interested in education.   

Pre-registration is required by emailing ecourt@muskingum.edu by Wednesday, Aug. 15. Registrants will receive a confirmation email.  Sign-in for persons registered begins at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 27.

Dr. Tomlinson’s  presentation will describe the key elements of differentiation (e.g. learning environment, curriculum, assessment, readiness, interest, learning profile, classroom management) as well as current research from neuroscience that relates to those elements. 

Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson’s career as an educator includes 21 years as a public school teacher, 12 years as a program administrator of special services for struggling and advanced learners.  She is a faculty member at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, where she is currently William Clay Parrish Jr. professor and chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy. She is co-director of the University’s Institutes on Academic Diversity. She was named Outstanding Professor at Curry School of Education in 2004 and received an All University Teaching Award in 2008. Dr. Tomlinson is an author of over 200 articles, book chapters, books, and other professional development materials. Recently, she co-authored a book with Jay McTighe titled Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids and with Kay Brimijoin and Lane Narvaez co-authored The Differentiated School: Making Revolutionary Change for Teaching and Learning.

There is an opportunity to earn one semester hour of graduate credit. The EDUC 580 online course on “Differentiation and the Brain” will be held in the fall 2013.  Course requirements are attendance at this one day conference on Sept. 27 and participation in an online course. The additional cost for receiving graduate credit is $130. 

For  information, call 826-6118.


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